5 Signs You Should Replace Your AC

When your air conditioning system breaks down, the decision you’re then faced with is whether or not you should repair or replace your unit. While a new HVAC system can be a big investment, the costs of constant repairs on an old unit can also be expensive.

Here are the top five signs your air conditioning unit is past repair and it’s time to replace it.

 

  1. THE AIR CONDITIONER IS OVER 12 YEARS OLD

The typical lifespan of an air conditioning unit is 12 years. Now, if your air conditioner is 12 years old, it’s still running fine and you’re not experiencing any issues, there’s no problem yet. However, if your air conditioning unit is approaching 12 years and is breaking down, it’s in your best interest to replace the unit.

Not to mention, brands are constantly releasing new models containing greater advancements in energy efficiency. Therefore, if your air conditioner has reached the end of its lifespan, you can upgrade to a unit that is more energy efficient.

 

  1. THE UNIT EXPERIENCES FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS

If your A/C unit is frequently breaking down, it’s time to assess whether or not the costs of constant repairs are more expensive than the cost of a new unit. While tune-ups on your unit are not super expensive, if you’re having to call a repairman every couple months, those repairs will add up.

If this is the case, you need to ask yourself whether or not it makes sense to keep making repairs on an older air conditioning system.

 

  1. THE REPAIRS ARE GOING TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE

Going hand-in-hand with the point prior, some system repairs can be very expensive if there has been a lot of damage done or if there has not been regular maintenance completed on the unit. If you’re quoted a high price point for a big repair, it’s definitely worth looking into replacing your A/C unit instead.

If you’re going to be paying around the same price for repairs as you would for a new, more energy efficient air conditioner, it just makes sense to go ahead and upgrade.

 

  1. YOUR HOME HAS TEMPERATURE INCONSISTENCIES

Another sign it might be time to replace your air conditioner is if you are experiencing temperature inconsistencies in your home. For example, if it seems your air conditioner is always on fighting to keep your home cool or that your thermostat can’t seem to stay at a consistent temperature, it could be time for a new A/C unit.

 

  1. THERE’S BEEN AN INCREASE IN YOUR UTILITY BILL

Finally, it’s time to talk about your energy bill. If you’re seeing a big spike in your energy bills, this is a sign your air conditioner is having to remain on longer to keep your home cool. It’s not working efficiently to do it’s job.

 

Spring Duct Cleaning with Comfort Air

Think the air you’re breathing inside your home is fresh? Think again.

With your house being closed up all winter long, dirt, allergens and other contaminants have been building up and are being cycled throughout your house, courtesy of your furnace and ductwork. Do you have any idea what’s in your ducts? Dirt, Dust mites, Pollen, Pet fur and potentially fungus and mold could be in your ducts. This is why you should consider duct cleaning from Comfort Air Vancouver WA.

 

Duct Cleaning Procedure

Duct cleaning is really a simple procedure. All you really need to do is call the HVAC professionals at Comfort Air Vancouver WA to schedule your duct cleaning.

 

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

In addition to cleaner indoor air, duct cleaning can also help improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Your HVAC systems have air filters to prevent contaminants from getting inside the heating or cooling unit. When ducts are dirty, these filters clog up quickly. Clogged filters keep air from getting to the furnace or air conditioner, and that makes the unit work harder.

 

If you’ve never had your ducts cleaned, you might notice a difference on your energy bill after duct cleaning. If you get your ducts cleaned regularly, you may not see significant savings on your energy bill, but you can be assured that you are helping to improve your indoor air quality.

 

Schedule Duct Cleaning Today!

Comfort Air is ready to help you with your spring cleaning. Call us for a duct cleaning quote for your home or business or to schedule your duct cleaning service.

 

HVAC Installation for Summer in Vancouver, WA

HVAC installation is something that should always be left to professionals. Even so, there are many things homeowners need to do to prepare their homes for installation, and prepare to make smart purchase decisions for their families.

There are many types and models of heating and cooling systems on the market – learning the ins and outs of each will help you determine which system is the best solution for your heating and cooling needs. With information on HVAC installation and system types, you’ll make a purchase decision that makes financial sense for your family while offering the comfort you need for years to come.

While the winter months might be dark and cold in the Pacific Northwest, the summers are long and hot. A cooling system that runs at peak performance will not only keep you more comfortable but can save you money on utility bills, as well.

The following quick tips can help ensure that your air conditioner offers you cooling relief when you need it the most.

Maximize System Efficiency

It’s a basic principle of Air Conditioning 101: Systems that use less energy perform better too. An efficiently operating system maintains your ideal temperature. It also helps keep indoor humidity levels balanced. Start by keeping your air conditioner clean. Dirt, dust and debris can have a big impact on the system’s performance:

Change the Air Filter.

Your air conditioner’s air filter is the equipment’s first line of defense against damaging dirt and dust. Check it frequently during the warm-weather season. Be sure to change it at the first sign of dirt.

Check the Vents.

Vacuum and dust air conditioning vents often. Make sure they’re not blocked by furnishings, floor coverings or window treatments.

Landscape Wisely.

Prune back vegetation around the outdoor unit. Doing this ensures maximum air flow and keeps the condenser clean of loose leaves and debris.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

One of the best ways to optimize your system’s performance is to request an appointment for preventive maintenance. Our professional HVAC maintenance service includes a seasonal checkup of all the components of your air conditioning system. This includes the ductwork and blowers to the refrigerant levels and electrical connections. With our fully stocked service trucks, we can usually resolve any potential problems on the spot as well.

Now is the best time to take steps to improve your air conditioner’s performance, before the full heat of summer arrives. For more information about timely air conditioning solutions, check out ComfortAir at https://comfortairnow.com/ or call 503-655-0221

 

Prepare Your AC for Spring

We know that it’s cold right now, but that’s why it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your AC unit! You never want to be stuck with a broken AC when you really need it, so it’s best to fix it early. Check out your HVAC Vancouver WA experts at Comfort Air.

  1. Give Your Air Conditioner a Trial Run

Sometimes heating and cooling systems simply stop working while not in use. This usually happens to older systems with end-of-life issues, but it can also happen to younger systems with unresolved issues from last summer. If the system isn’t working like it should, or if it isn’t working at all, you can schedule HVAC repair and get the problem taken care of before you need actually need your air conditioner.

  1. Schedule AC Maintenance

If your heat pump or air conditioner still works, schedule HVAC maintenance to ensure that it works efficiently. Your technician will inspect and clean the entire unit to prime it for optimal summer performance. If any existing issues or potential problems are detected, you can get air conditioner repair on the spot.

  1. Consider Air Conditioning Replacement

Heat pumps and air conditioners generally last from 15 to 25 years. Because AC replacement is expensive, it is common for homeowners to keep their existing units instead of replacing them. The downside is inefficiency. A new system will always be more efficient than an old one.

If your cooling costs were steadily increasing last summer, chances are good that they will increase even more this year. If your present system is losing efficiency, an air conditioner replacement can maximize indoor comfort while offsetting installation costs with lower energy bills.

To learn more about getting the most from your HVAC in Vancouver WA visit Comfort Air  or call 360-891-2665.

 

How to Protect You Home From Allergens

This is the worst time of year for allergy sufferers. Many of us just accept the sneezing, itching, and sniffling as a part of life during the spring. We may stock up on allergy pills or try to stay indoors on days with high pollen counts, but some of those allergens are actually circulating in your home as well.

Indoor air quality should be of concern to you if anyone in the household suffers from allergies, asthma, or even an immune system disorder. The quality of the air inside of your home might be even worse than the air outside, but choosing between these common installations can make a difference.

A quality air conditioner

First, to control the flow of particulate throughout the household, you also need to control the flow of air. A quality air conditioning system can do this for you, provided it’s installed properly and is the right size for your home, with a filter that is changed every few months.

When an air conditioner is the wrong size for your home, it’s not pulling in the amount of air it is designed for. And that means you’re not getting the level of filtration your home needs. Make sure your system is properly installed by calling in trained professionals only, and ask about installing a filter with a high MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) so that you start getting cleaner air right away.

Dehumidifier

Most air conditioners are dehumidifiers, to an extent, but they cannot do the job as smoothly as a dehumidifier. This installation is available as a portable unit, but we recommend keeping one within your air conditioning system. A whole-house dehumidifier works along with your cooling equipment to remove moisture from the air.

How can this help to relieve your allergy symptoms? Less moisture in the air means fewer mold spores. Your air conditioning system is likely to develop mold and mildew over time, moving pollutants straight into your living space, so it’s a good investment to make in such a humid climate.

UV light air cleaning

A UV light air cleaning system is fairly simple: it’s a bulb of ultraviolet light that cleans the air naturally. Ultraviolet light is able to kill off and sterilize germs like bacteria and viruses. When germs are unable to reproduce, they are safe to breathe in. As air moves through your HVAC system and past the UV light, it is sterilized, like the air in hospitals and research laboratories.

Air filtration systems and air purifiers

An air filtration system is separate from your air filter. You’ll still need to change your filter regularly and replace the filtration media from time to time. But it has a larger surface area to catch more of the particulate that you’d like out of your airflow.

Alternatively, an electronic air cleaner could offer the purification you need. This system is innovative in that it poses no risk of blocking air from moving into your home. Rather, it uses ionization to give particles a charge. Then, they can cling to a surface with the opposite charge. Ask your technician which system is right for your home!

Fire Safety & Air Duct Cleaning: A Guide

Keeping your home free from dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants is not only good for you health, but it can also help keep your home safer. When your air circulation system is full of dirt and other substances, it could pose a fire risk in some circumstances. Professional duct cleaning in Vancouver WA will ensure your home is safe and comfortable.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the process of removing dirt, dust, and grime from heating and cooling system components including the air ducts, registers, diffusers, heating and cooling coils, air handling unit, and other parts that come into contact with circulating air. These parts can become contaminated with allergens and other household particles, and if there is moisture present, mold can also become a problem.

Duct Cleaning and Fire Safety

Accumulated dust and debris in any area is a risk for fire and poses a danger of spreading fire to other parts of a home via the ventilation system. In most homes, a significant buildup of dust is unlikely as the simple circulation of air through the ventilation system prevents much settling. However, if your central heating and cooling system is not used frequently, or you rely on other systems such as a wood-burning stove or fireplace for heat, then settlement can occur. Pest infestation can also lead to heavy accumulations in your ducts, especially from rodents, birds, and other small animals.

When to Clean Your Ducts

If anyone in your home is experiencing upper respiratory problems from allergies or illness, regular duct cleaning is essential. If you’ve just moved into a new home, getting a thorough cleaning is also a good idea, especially if the previous owners had pets. You should also schedule duct cleaning in Vancouver, WA, in these situations:

  • Mold is Discovered. Although not a risk for fire, if mold is detected anywhere in your heating and cooling system, a full cleaning is necessary.
  • Pest Infestation. Whether the infestation is in the air system or not, a full duct cleaning should follow after eliminating the infestation. Rodents and birds can also carry debris throughout your ventilation system and these accumulations will put your home at risk for fire.
  • Major Remodeling. Demolition and construction can cause a significant decrease in indoor air quality and the continual circulation of dirt, dust, and debris can lead to accumulations in your ducts. Always schedule a duct cleaning following any major home improvement project.

Scheduling Your Duct Cleaning in Vancouver, WA

Comfort Air is your duct cleaning specialist serving the Portland and Vancouver Metro market since 1983. Unlike many of our competitors, we charge by the job rather than by the hour. That means – NO SURPRISES! To learn more about duct cleaning and fire safety or to schedule an appointment, call us today!

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Why DIY AC Repair May Not Be the Best Idea

When your air conditioner is on the fritz, you might be tempted to do some DIY AC repair. But, it’s a risky proposition if you don’t have the experience of a certified HVAC technician because there are several things you need to consider in order to stay safe and not damage your system in the process. An AC repair person goes through a training and certification process that arms them with the knowledge of how to diagnose and repair issues quickly and effectively. This includes being up to date on the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to keep HVAC systems running properly.

Tools

Many of the specialized tools that HVAC technicians use are not found in your at-home tool box. If you use the wrong tool you could end up causing damage to the unit that incurs a costly repair or even necessitates a replacement of your unit.

Expertise

The ability to correctly diagnose an AC repair issue comes with experience. From AC leaks to drainage or electrical problems, a certified technician will be able to look for clues that alert them to the specific problem–without having to take the whole unit apart. Relying on their expertise will save you time and money in the long run.

Safety Issues

Because AC units run on high wattage, tinkering with them poses the danger of electric shock. The unit’s power circuit must always be shut off before any repairs are made because the last thing you want when you’re trying to save on repair costs is to end with a hospital bill.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the repair process. If you need reliable and honest AC repair, give us a call and make an appointment today.

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Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner? Let Our Comfort Specialists Help

Are you ready to replace your air conditioner? We can help! With summer is on the way you will want to be prepared with a way to cool down once those sweltering days arrive. Depending on the brand, an HVAC system will last about fifteen years but there are several other telltale signs that indicate a replacement could be needed.

Frequent Repairs

If you are needing repairs every year, then it could be a sign that your unit is breaking down due to age. While it may be tempting to just keep doing the repairs, they could add up over time making an investment in a new unit the smarter choice. Experts recommended multiplying the age of the unit by the repair cost and if that’s more than $5,000, it’s time to consider a new one.

Humidity Issues

A humid home can contribute to all sorts of physical discomfort including worsening allergies and contributing to dangerous mold growth in your home. With recent advances in A/C technology, you can ensure that an Energy Star unit will help alleviate this issue. The size of the unit in comparison to your home plays a big role in keeping humidity levels down, so that’s a key factor to consider when choosing your new air conditioner.

Noisy System

If it sounds like Frankenstein is banging around near your HVAC system, it is a sign that the system components including the compressor and fan motor could be feeling their age. Newer systems are dramatically quieter than older ones, and their higher efficiency ratings can also save you money.

Uneven Cooling and Heating

It’s no fun walking into a warm room even though the air conditioner is on full blast. A number of issues could be contributing to this issue including air leaks in your duct work, incorrect unit settings, not enough insulation in your attic and older units that don’t put out enough cool air anymore. If your system is over 10-12 years old, then it could be losing its efficiency. Try installing a new air conditioner with a zoning system so that you can be sure each room in your home will be at the temperature you set it to be.

We offer a wide variety of air conditioning units that are highly rated for their efficiency. We also offer Trane zoning systems that keep each room in your home at the temperature you want it. Get in touch with any questions you have. We are happy to help you choose the perfect HVAC system for your home.

When To Get a New Air Conditioner

Are you having trouble cooling down your home? Are your energy bills rising while you struggle with rooms that stay too hot? It may be time for a new air conditioner unit. Here are the top signs that you are ready for a replacement.

The AC Never Seems to Stop

Is your AC running – and never seems to take a break? If it feels like your air conditioner is always on, check to make sure your thermostat settings are correct. If they are, it’s time to take a harder looking at the system and see if it’s ready for a replacement. Older air conditioners have a lot of wear and tear that decreases efficiency. Eventually, they have to run for a long time to reach target temperatures, and may struggle to hold those temperatures for long periods of time. That can cost a lot of money in the summer, and despite the initial costs it’s a smart idea to consider a new AC unit that will solve the problem and lower your monthly bills.

You Recently Renovated

Did you just add new spaces to your house that need to be cooled down? Your old air conditioner probably isn’t ready for them. Air conditioners are rated not only on efficiency, but on how many cubic feet of air they can handle. Usually AC units are fitted to the house (if installed properly), but if you change how much space needs to be cooled down, the AC won’t be able to handle it well. This will loop right around to the first warning sigh, where the AC runs too long and uses up too much energy trying to cool down the house. Think about upgrading to a larger model!

There’s a Lot of Noise

Noise isn’t always a problem. Sometimes rumbling and shaking from your AC can be caused by loose screws or fan belts, which is an easy fix. But long-term, growing noise is a more serious problem that could indicate motor trouble and general age. It’s a good idea to get your AC unit inspected to see if there is any problem that needs to be addressed. This could be a warning sign that you need to replace your AC unit before major components start failing and costing you a lot of money in repairs.

The 10 Year Mark

Your air conditioner won’t automatically stop working after 10 years, but it’s common advice to take a look and think about a new model if you have had yours for around a decade. That’s because advances in AC and cooling technology are always happening, and a new model is likely to be faster and save a lot more energy than a model that’s 10 years. This is also around the time when AC units start showing their age and needing more repairs.

Have questions about your Vancouver WA air conditioning system? Contact Comfort Air and ask about an inspection! An installation contractor can help you go over pricing, estimates, and whether a new AC unit is the right solution for your home or business!

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Choosing the Right HVAC for Your New Home Build or Remodel

Several factors come into play when choosing the right HVAC system for your new home build or remodel. As every home has unique requirements depending on its size and usage, you will want to consider all the angles to make sure you are making the right choice.

Size

You will keep comfort levels high and energy costs low by installing the right size HVAC system. For example, if you install a system that is too large for your home, the unit will constantly be cycling on and off in order to adjust air quality, which would put undue strain on the system and could lead to more repairs. Our team of experts can take accurate measurements of your home and recommend the correct size to ensure maximum efficiency.

Comfort Level

If it’s important to keep your loved ones comfortable in any type of weather, then installing a system that includes cooling as well as heating functions could be your best bet. Here in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures get pretty hot in the summer months, and if you have pets or sensitive family members like children or the elderly, then having the ability to cool off the house when necessary could be a great option.

Price

The cost of installing an HVAC system depends on several things including how big your home is, whether you plan on utilizing technologies like zoning and programmable thermostats, whether you want a combination air conditioner plus furnace, and if you need ductwork replacement or installation.

Technology

Comfort Air offers Trane ComfortLink Zoning systems that allow for consistent temperature settings based on your preferences for each individual room in your home. We also offer home automation that allows you to remotely control your HVAC system while you are on the go. If you require modern convenience with reliable technology, we have you covered.

Our experts can tailor recommendations for which system would be best for your home depending on these factors. If you would like a consultation on choosing the right HVAC for your new home build or remodel, or if you have any questions on the products we offer, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!